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Top 50 Fastest-Growing Women-Led Companies

These women-led businesses are speeding their way to the top.

From Entrepreneur Magazine's Leading Ladies.

1. Spartan Constructors LLC
Industrial construction, Sugar Hill, GA
spartanconstructors.com
Heidi Smith Price
Began: 2002
Initial Investment: $350,000
2003 sales: $100,000
2007 sales: $136 million

 

2. Pinnacle Technical Resources Inc.
IT staffing, Dallas
pinnacle1.com
Nina G. Vaca
Began: 1996
Initial Investment: $300
2003 sales: $9 million
2007 sales: $141 million

 

3. Temporary Housing Directory Inc.
Temporary housing & hotel placements, Castle Rock, CO
temporaryhousingdirectory.com
Teresa Vidger
Began: 2001
Initial Investment: $100,000
2003 sales: $281,000
2007 sales: $20 million
4. EnterForce Inc.
Managed services provider, Waukesha, WI
enterforce.com
Marie L. O'Brien, Filippa C. Weber
Began: 2001
Initial Investment: $26,000
2003 sales: $1.9 million
2007 sales: $50.3 million

 

5. Strategic Staffing Solutions Inc.
Staffing solutions, Indianapolis
strategicstaffonline.com
Debra J. Maynard
Began: 2002
Initial Investment: $60,000
2003 sales: $1.3 million
2007 sales: $39.4 million

 

6. Polaris Direct
Mailing services, Hooksett, NH
polarisdirect.net
Judith Maloy, Suzanne Lampognana
Began: 2003
Initial Investment: $2.4 million
2003 sales: $2.1 million
2007 sales: $43.9 million

 

7. Artech Information Systems LLC
IT staffing, Cedar Knolls, NJ
artechinfo.com
Ranjini Poddar
Began: 1992
Initial Investment: $200,000
2003 sales: $16.5 million
2007 sales: $128.2 million

 

8. Global Resource Management Inc.
IT & supply chain management services, Suwanee, GA
grmi.net

Naheed Syed
Began: 1993
Initial Investment: $100,000
2003 sales: $2.2 million
2007 sales: $39.9 million

 

9. United Scrap Metal Inc.
Metal recycling, Cicero, IL
unitedscrap.com

Marsha Serlin
Began: 1978
Initial Investment: $200
2003 sales: $33.9 million
2007 sales: $172.8 million

 

10. Morpheus Media
Interactive advertising & marketing agency, New York City
morpheusmedia.com
Shenan Reed
Began: 2001
Initial Investment: $0
2003 sales: $2 million
2007 sales: $35 million

 

11. Pinnacle Petroleum Inc.
Petroleum products, Huntington Beach, CA
pinnaclepetroleum.com
Liz McKinley
Began: 1995
Initial Investment: $100,000
2003 sales: $19.3 million
2007 sales: $120 million

 

12. Sun Coast Resources Inc.
Petroleum products, Houston
suncoastresources.com
Kathy Lehne
Began: 1985
Initial Investment: $2,000
2003 sales: $554 million
2007 sales: $1.1 billion

 

13. Salo LLC
Senior-level finance & accounting staffing, Minneapolis
salollc.com
Amy L. Langer
Began: 2002
Initial Investment: $150,000
2003 sales: $3.4 million
2007 sales: $42 million

 

14. Search Wizards Inc.
Consulting firm, Atlanta
searchwizards.net
Leslie O'Connor
Began: 2000
Initial Investment: $0
2003 sales: $359,600
2007 sales: $12.2 million

 

15. TransPerfect
Translation services, New York City
transperfect.com
Elizabeth Elting, Shirley Shawe
Began: 1992
Initial Investment: $5,000
2003 sales: $37 million
2007 sales: $156.5 million

 

16. MediConnect Global Inc.
Medical record retrieval & digitization, South Jordan, UT
mediconnect.net
Amy Rees Anderson
Began: 1996
Initial Investment: Undisclosed
2003 sales: $2.8 million
2007 sales: $35.6 million

 

17. The Saxon Group Inc.
Industrial construction, Sugar Hill, GA
thesaxongroupinc.com
Jeni Bogdan
Began: 1995
Initial Investment: $100,000
2003 sales: $13.4 million
2007 sales: $81.8 million

 

18. Aecometric Corp.
Industrial combustion equipment, Richmond Hill, Ontario
aecometric.com
Jill Anderson
Began: 1978
Initial Investment: $50,000
2003 sales: $1.5 million
2007 sales: $23 million

 

19. Kilop USA Inc.
Raw materials sourcing & distribution, High Point, NC
Christine Yumei Chen
Began: 1988
Initial Investment: $44,500
2003 sales: $3 million
2007 sales: $28.8 million

 

20. KellyMitchell Group Inc.
IT consulting, St. Louis
kellymitchell.com
Cassandra Sanford
Began: 1998
Initial Investment: $10,000
2003 sales: $4.6 million
2007 sales: $33.6 million

 

21. Communispace Corp.
Online community creation & management, Watertown, MA
communispace.com
Diane Hessan
Began: 1999
Initial Investment: $100,000
2003 sales: $2.4 million
2007 sales: $23.6 million

 

22. Advantage Performance Network
Travel & perfomance improvement solutions, Savage, MN
advantageperformancenetwork.com
Mary Sue Leathers
Began: 1995
Initial Investment: $40,000
2003 sales: $23.3 million
2007 sales: $85 million

 

23. RCC Associates
General contracting, Deerfield Beach, FL
rccassociates.com
Beverly Raphael
Began: 1971
Initial Investment: $5,000
2003 sales: $34.8 million
2007 sales: $105.1 million

 

24. Continental Cabinets Inc.
Cabinets, Dallas, TX
ccabinc.com

Beverly Taylor
Began: 1988
Initial Investment: Undisclosed
2003 sales: $48.9 million
2007 sales: $130.8 million

 

25. NCompass International Inc.
Marketing agency, West Hollywood, CA
ncompassonline.com
Donna Graves, Kae Erickson
Began: 2003
Initial Investment: $1.5 million
2003 sales: $360,000
2007 sales: $7.3 million

 

26. Camp Bow Wow
Dog day camps & boarding services franchisor, Boulder, CO
campbowwow.com

Heidi Flammang
Began: 2000
Initial Investment: $85,000
2003 sales: $100,000
2007 sales: $3.8 million

 

27. Casco Contractors Inc.
General contracting, Irvine, CA
cascocontractors.com
Cheryl Osborn
Began: 2000
Initial Investment: $20,000
2003 sales: $3 million
2007 sales: $22.9 million

 

28. Saicon Consultants Inc.
IT consulting, Overland Park, KS
saiconinc.com
Swati K. Yelmar
Began: 1998
Initial Investment: $6,000
2003 sales: $1.8 million
2007 sales: $16.5 million

 

29. Outcomes Health Information Solutions LLC
Health-care data retreival, auditing & reporting, Charlottesville, VA
outcomesinc.com
Wanda Kochhar
Began: 1996
Initial Investment: $60,000
2003 sales: $3.5 million
2007 sales: $24.5 million

 

30. MurTech Consulting
IT services, Independence, OH
murtechconsulting.com
Ailish M. Murphy
Began: 2000
Initial Investment: $100,000
2003 sales: $685,700
2007 sales: $10 million

 

31. Stratix Corp.
Mobility solutions, Norcross, GA
stratixcorp.com
Bonney Shuman
Began: 1983
Initial Investment: $750
2003 sales: $38.2 million
2007 sales: $106.3 million

 

32. Application Development Resources Inc.
IT services, Alpharetta, GA
appdevinc.com
Daksha Choksey
Began: 2001
Initial Investment: $5,000
2003 sales: $697,000
2007 sales: $9.7 million

 

33. Ricochet Fuel Distributors Inc.
Fuel distributor, Euless, TX
ricochetfuel.com
Kelly Brett-Roberts
Began: 1988
Initial Investment: $20,000
2003 sales: $7.4 million
2007 sales: $36.2 million

 

34. Logical Choice Technologies Inc.
Education technology integration, Duluth, GA
logicalchoice.com
Cynthia B. Kaye
Began: 1994
Initial Investment: $0
2003 sales: $19.1 million
2007 sales: $65.4 million

 

35. SaltWorks Inc.
Sea salt, Woodinville, WA
seasalt.com
Naomi Novotny
Began: 2001
Initial Investment: $1,500
2003 sales: $264,000
2007 sales: $5.7 million

 

36. Icon Information Consultants LP
IT staffing, Houston
iconconsultants.com

Pamela O'Rourke
Began: 1998
Initial Investment: $250,000
2003 sales: $23 million
2007 sales: $72 million

 

37. SwervePoint
Promotional products & services, Danvers, MA
swervepoint.com
Juli Sinnett
Began: 2003 Initial Investment: $125,000
2003 sales: $1.9 million
2007 sales: $15.5 million

 

Words from The Wise
We couldn't pass up the opportunity to dig a little deeper and uncover their secrets to success.

"Sixteen years ago, we were cold calling and struggling to land our first client, The Port Authority of New York. New Jersey called us by mistake, attempting to contact a company whose name was similar to [ours]. We kept them on the phone and discussed their IT infrastructure and project needs at length. Needless to say, they became our first client. We still laugh at this."
Ranjini Poddar, owner of Artech Information Systems LLC, No. 7
Cedar Knolls, New Jersey


"The biggest mistake we ever made was undervaluing ourselves. When we started, we were young and hungry, and we didn't give ourselves credit for the amount of value we brought to our clients and strategies. So the lesson learned is: Don't undervalue yourself and your expertise, and don't let your size dictate your value."
Shenan Reed, owner of Morpheus Media, No. 10
New York City


"It is important to take an inventory of your strengths and what you like to do. Focus on those things and get help for the others as soon as you can."
Amy L. Langer, owner of Salo LLC, No. 13
Minneapolis


"Be a great juggler. As a woman in business, you will always have lots of balls in the air, including the activities of running your business and being strategic in your decisions to grow your business. In many cases, [you also have] the role of being a wife, a mother, a daughter and a sister. The same traits that make us great in all of these roles are the ones that you will rely on to excel in business."
Leslie O'Connor, owner of Search Wizards Inc., No. 14
Atlanta


"Build an atmosphere of trust and respect. You must always respect the [employees and clients] you work with. Believe in your people. Make your word count. In addition, never lose focus on your next challenge."
Jeni Bogdan, owner of The Saxon Group Inc., No. 17
Sugar Hill, Georgia
38. Strategic Staffing Solutions
IT consulting, Detroit
strategicstaff.com
Cynthia Pasky
Began: 1990
Initial Investment: $60,000
2003 sales: $67 million
2007 sales: $148 million

 

39. Butler/Till Media Services Inc.
Media research services, Rochester, NY
butlertill.com
Susan R. Butler, Tracy E. Till
Began: 1998
Initial Investment: $10,000
2003 sales: $7.1 million
2007 sales: $32.3 million

 

40. IBT Holdings LLC
Design, building & consulting services, Norcross, GA
ibtenterprises.com
Mylle Mangum
Began: 1985
Initial Investment: Undisclosed
2003 sales: $15.8 million
2007 sales: $53.2 million

 

41. Carolina IT Professionals Inc.
IT staffing, Mount Holly, NC
citpinc.com

Phyllis Friday McConnell
Began: 2001
Initial Investment: $500
2003 sales: $3 million
2007 sales: $19 million

 

42. Vignon Corp.
IT staffing, Dallas, TX
vignon.com

Kathy Hodgins Blanck
Began: 2001
Initial Investment: $20,000
2003 sales: $144,600
2007 sales: $3.6 million

 

43. Warrior Group Inc.
Modular construction, DeSoto, TX
warrior-group.net

Gail Warrior-Lawrence
Began: 1997
Initial Investment: $1,000
2003 sales: $11.4 million
2007 sales: $41.7 million

 

44. Greenlite Lighting Corp.
Energy-efficient lighting products, Pointe-Claire, Quebec
greenlite.ca
Nina Gupta
Began: 1994
Initial Investment: $1 million
2003 sales: $6 million
2007 sales: $28 million

 

45. BrightStar Healthcare
Medical/nonmedical home-care & medical staffing franchisor, Gurnee, IL
brightstarhealthcare.com
Shelly Sun
Began: 2002
Initial Investment: $100,000+
2003 sales: $1.4 million
2007 sales: $11.8 million

 

46. Bett-A-Way Pallet Systems Inc.
Transportation solutions & pallet management, South Plainfield, NJ
bettaway.com

June Delany, Tracey Ursini, Betty Vaccaro, Laura Vaccaro
Began: 1996
Initial Investment: $6,000
2003 sales: $10.6 million
2007 sales: $26.2 million

 

47. ProActive Solutions Inc.
IT solutions, Mission, KS
proactivesolutions.com

Melissa Cather-Thiede
Began: 1996
Initial Investment: $0
2003 sales: $9.6 million
2007 sales: $37 million

 

48. ITI Inc.
IT & business consulting, Pearland, TX
iti-ps.com/services
June Reeder
Began: 2000
Initial Investment: $0
2003 sales: $1.2 million
2007 sales: $10.5 million

 

49. Trans-Expedite Inc.
Freight forwarding, El Paso, TX
trans-expedite.com
Keeli Jernigan
Began: 2001
Initial Investment: $29,000
2003 sales: $3 million
2007 sales: $18 million

 

50. LetterLogic Inc.
Mailing services, Nashville, TN
letterlogic.com
Sherry Stewart
Began: 2002
Initial Investment: $50,000
2003 sales: $1.1 million
2007 sales: $9.8 million

 

Behind The Numbers

The 50 fastest-growing women-led companies ranking was compiled with the help of the Women Presidents' Organization, a nonprofit peer advisory organization for independent women presidents and CEOs. Entrepreneur and the WPO solicited applications from women-led businesses in North America and considered those that met the following criteria:

  • Must be a privately held, woman-led company in the U.S. or Canada.
  • Company sales in 2003 must be $100,000 or greater; 2007 sales must be at least $1 million.
  • Companies were ranked according to a sales growth formula that combines percentage and absolute growth. From this list, the top 50 were selected. (In cases where companies have multiple partners, only women are listed.)

Research was conducted by WPO director of communications Caitlin Jenkins, communications manager Kirsten Wynn and assistants Kat Piracha and Tanya Rosado. Entrepreneur research editor James Park also contributed to this listing.

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